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Why we must design as if we're part of nature 4.11.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The bad news: We only have a few decades left to shift to regenerative design. But there's good news too.
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7 green and gorgeous makeup brands 18.10.2016 TreeHugger
Glamor can be green and clean, as proven by these companies that make high-quality safe cosmetics.
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This Pig Preserve In Tennessee Shows How Pigs Should Live 17.10.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you passed Richard Hoyle on the street, you'd never guess that he's a long-time vegan and animal rights activist. Nearing his 70th birthday, Richard is a self-described "crusty old conservative." He's also eloquent, wise, humble, and funny. But you probably won't pass Richard Hoyle on the street, and that's because he works dawn until dusk 365 days per year at his sanctuary for rescued pigs, The Pig Preserve , in rural Tennessee. The Pig Preserve is an innovative farm sanctuary. Situated on 100 acres of natural land, the pigs move about in social groupings, foraging for some of their own food and exploring woods, pastures, and ponds. The result is that the busy and largely self-sufficient pigs enjoy as natural a life as possible, and the Pig Preserve is less labor-intensive and more cost-effective than a traditional farm animal sanctuary model. But maintaining this idyllic setting for the pigs is actually a massive undertaking. Most of the pigs are fed once a day, but the younger pigs--who are less ...
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The Era Of Trump And PETA: Not A Good Time To Be Hispanic 21.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's open season on Mexican-Americans, whether you're a bigot running for president, or an "animal rights" organization fighting for its right to kill pets. It's rare that Trump and PETA are mentioned in the same breath, but get used to it. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal, as you may or may not know, is currently being sued for stealing and killing Maya , a little girl's pet Chihuahua: not an especially unusual act for PETA, but one that was -- uniquely -- captured on surveillance video . Despite PETA's numerous animal-positive arguments -- that the family ought not to be able to sue, because dogs are "worthless" (I kid you not); and that a reasonable person would not consider the theft and killing of a pet "outrageous" (er, really?) -- the judge has permitted the case to go to trial. So what does this have to do with Donald Trump? Nothing much, except that PETA's latest virtuous strategy is to have their lawyers attack the girl's father as not-quite-American, and possibly even Mexican -- God ...
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Meatless Monday: Alex Hershaft, From Holocaust Survivor to FARM Hero 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Before there was PETA, PCRM , Farm Sanctuary , Vegan Street and Meatless Monday, there was Farm Animal Rights Movement. Now celebrating its 40th year, FARM wears its years lightly. So does its founder, Alex Hershaft, 82. Hershaft was five when he and his family were sent to the Warsaw Ghetto, along with 450,000 other Warsaw Jews. He and his mother escaped and survived. The rest of his family did not. Hershaft, who serves on the Advisory Council of Jewish Veg, speaks about how he went from Holocaust survivor to animal rights pioneer next week in New York. The short version is, 30 years after the war, Hershaft, a chemical engineer living in the States and struggling with survivor guilt was assigned to do a wastewater study of a slaughterhouse. The facility was piled with bones and bodies -- all part of the process, part of the job. In the same way, he realized, the bones and bodies of millions killed in concentration camps were all part of the job. Look up the word slaughter --it means mass killing, in a ...
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We Need to Use a Different Part of Our Brain to Crack the Sustainability Challenge 13.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former UN climate change negotiator Christiana Figueres has credited the teachings of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh for giving her the strength to play a leading role in last year's gruelling international climate talks. Figueres was praised for her ability to bring warring factions together with warmth and calm, and for the pivotal role she played in securing agreement to limit global warming to below 2oC. Buddhist meditation -- and its recent secular incarnation in mindfulness -- is clinically proven to help build resilience to cope with life's stresses. It's inspirational to know that it played a part in ensuring December's historic deal in Paris. But Buddhists may also be on to something else very important for those of us interested sustainable living: we may have been using the wrong part of brain to crack the sustainability challenge. I spent a month earlier in the summer as a guest at the San Francisco Zen Center - a monastery in the heart of the city. I have had a long interest in Buddhist ...
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False Promises: Avoid "Miracle" Rice and Just Eat a Carrot 10.9.2016 Truthout.com
Vandana Shiva. (Photo: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva film) New Delhi -- Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015. Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering. How many Nobel laureates does it take to write a letter? Easily ascertained -- the dead Gilman and 106 others were enlisted in "supporting GMOs and golden rice". Correct answer -- 107, dead or alive. The laureates were rounded up by Val Giddings (senior fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), Jon Entine (author of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People) and Jay Byrne (former head of corporate communications, Monsanto). Real people don't have the luxury of getting Nobel laureates to write 1/107th of a letter, "chosen" folk do. Evidently. Cornell University is a "chosen" institution – central to genetically modified public ...
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Prince: An Elegy For A Sign Of Our Times, In The Time Of Trump And ISIS 1.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Prince was wildly transgressive, yet was also a remarkably unifying icon for an entire generation, a genius not only musically but also in how he lived. He ignored every convention long before such fluidity was popular. After becoming wildly successful, he evaded many pitfalls of rock star fame – but succumbed to others, which tragically proved fatal. I recently tried to make a film about him, which alas was not to be (music permissions, the bane of many a film), but I will try to speak my piece this way. In a nation and a music industry still segregated in so many ways, Prince was: black, multiracial, and postracial; funk, rock, pop, soul, jazz, electronic, and rap; a composer, performer, producer, actor, and entrepreneur; hedonistically pagan, obscene, vulgar, spiritual, and religious; a tolerant humanist, a straight-edge, a vegan, and an animal rights advocate; wildly exhibitionistic and obsessively private; macho, effeminate, straight, trans, drag queen, stud, pansexual, conservative, and monastic; ...
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#PigTrial Interview With Peter Sankoff: 'I Just Don't See Any Crime Here.' 30.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Law professor Peter Sankoff is a respected expert in both criminal and animal rights law. So when animal activist Anita Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief for giving water to a heat-stressed animal aboard a transport truck last summer, Professor Sankoff naturally took an interest in the case. He's analyzed the case in a video blog , on Twitter , and in the 'Globe and Mail' , and here he answers a few questions about why he thinks Anita will be acquitted and how it's really the meat industry that's on trial. The farmer testified he believes he ought to have the right to decide how his property--the pigs--are interfered with, likening it to people feeding dogs without the "owner's" permission. You say the criminal law isn't the right legal tool for these situations. Why? The criminal law is not the correct tool for everything we might not like in society. It's a powerful instrument, and a blunt one, and we shouldn't use it lightly. Not every interference with someone's property constitutes a crime; ...
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#PigTrial Inadvertently Puts Meat Industry On Trial 30.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a pig farmer reported an animal rights activist for interfering with his property, he likely didn't anticipate that he'd be setting up the entire meat industry to be put on trial. Yet, that's exactly what happened last week when Anita Krajnc pled not guilty to mischief charges for having given water to a pig overheating on the farmer's transport truck. It's hard to credibly dispute that the pig was in distress. An expert veterinarian has already testified that she believed this to be the case, but even if she hadn't, it's fairly clear from the video footage that the pigs were overheating. The industry's own (conservative, outdated) guidelines state : "all species will pant when overheated, animals standing with neck extended with open mouthed breathing is a dangerous situation." The pig Anita gave water to standing with their neck extended, open-mouthed breathing. Crowded, unventilated transport trucks can become very hot, especially on hot days, as this particular day was. Pigs are particularly ...
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Stop Being Ridiculous: We Agree On Animal Alternatives 27.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While watching the games of 2016 -- not the Olympics, the U.S. presidential election -- I am reminded of the stare-down between drug companies and animal rights activists. Of this mounting conflict, you'd think the answer is simple -- that animals can and should eventually make their exit from so many labs and testing facilities. Alternatives are in the wings , if even in their earliest days. But as in politics, neither side is listening, and declaring moral victory seems more important than making progress. Like convention delegates, each side is being ridiculous . Here are a few reasons why: ABSOLUTISM Animal rights activists don't tolerate ambiguity. The ethics behind captive orcas for theme park profits is somehow equivalent to, say, the use of macaque monkeys to develop life-saving vaccines. For this lack of clarity, they earn the wrath of serious scientists and are slapped with extremist and absolutist labels. RATIONALISM By the same token, researchers who use animals to advance their work are ...
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Remembering John Muir on the centennial of the National Park Service 26.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This year, Americans celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act. The bill culminated decades of effort by a remarkable generation of dedicated men and women who fought to protect the nation's natural wonders for the democratic enjoyment of the people. The greatest of these passionate parks advocates was John Muir, "Father of the National Parks." Muir was a naturalist and activist who wrote over 300 articles and a dozen books. In these works, he sang the praises of parks and other special natural places and called for their protection from commercial exploitation. His words still speak to us as the National Parks system enters its second century and remind us of his spirit and his principles. Earlier this summer, my son and I backpacked for five days in Yosemite National Park. No place is more closely linked to Muir than Yosemite Valley. Overwhelmed by its beauty on his first visit in 1868, he lived in ...
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Sustainability leadership amid fear and pressure 22.8.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Lessons for leaders: Believe in the positive side of people; don't shy away from conflict; and know that your reputation has less to do with what you do than how you do it.
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Why Is Tomi Lahren So Angry? 20.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
*Note: If I had the time, I could write an entire book on Tomi Lahren. This piece is a shortened version of a lengthy essay available on my website and a lengthened version of this video . I've been following the right-wing political commentator Tomi Lahren for a few months now on social media, reason being that I find her so fascinating. Watching her videos and reading her tweets allows me a glimpse into the mind of a staunch, gun-toting Republican, someone I wouldn't interact with in my day-to-day life as an introverted Canadian animal rights activist. The reason I find Tomi so fascinating is because she's also extremely confusing. Tomi is a very angry girl who is tone-deaf about social issues, yet speaks to a large national platform of extreme conservatives, who I assume agree with her considering the following that she's developed after going viral for her visceral critiques on Obama, Beyoncé, and#BlackLivesMatter. Most of those who call her out dismiss her as a bigot, but after analyzing a number of ...
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How Internet-driven activism has improved animal welfare 11.8.2016 TreeHugger
Over the past 15 years, awareness and interest in livestock conditions and wellbeing have increased exponentially, leading to significant improvements. How much further can it go?
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The Laws Of Ecology And The Survival Of The Human Species 6.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I was raised in a small fishing village on the Passamaquoddy Bay in New Brunswick, Canada and I still vividly remember the way things were in the Fifties. The way things were then is not the way things are now. I'm not talking about technological, industrial or scientific progress. I'm referring to the health and stability of eco-systems. What was once strong is now weak. What was once rich in diversity is now very much the poorer. I have been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with the gift of near total recall. I see the images of the past as clearly as the days that were. As a result it has been difficult for me to adapt to diminishment. I see the shells on the beaches that are no longer there, the little crabs under the rocks, now gone, the schools of fishes, the pods of dolphins, the beaches free of plastic. I began traveling the world in 1967 -- hitch-hiking and riding the rails across Canada; joining the Norwegian merchant marine; crossing the Pacific and Indian Oceans; traveling through Japan, Iran, ...
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Animal Rights Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton Rally To Protest Meat Industry 5.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Hillary Clinton rally in Las Vegas was briefly halted Thursday afternoon by a group of animal rights activists who accused the candidate of not sticking to her own platform.  The Democratic presidential nominee appeared momentarily shaken by the interruption before at least four Secret Service agents joined her onstage. After a few seconds, Clinton addressed the crowd with a laugh. “Apparently these people are here to protest Trump because Trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals,” she said. “So thank you for making that point.” Direct Action Everywhere , the animal liberation network the activists are aligned with, issued a press release during the rally to further detail its platform, which called for “Secretary Clinton to take a stronger position for animal rights and against the raising and killing of animals for food.” Activist Kitty Jones released an open letter  on behalf of the group Thursday morning that praised Clinton for having an animal rights platform but said the candidate’s ...
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Why Wasting Water Is Even Worse for the Environment Than You Think 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Answer by Ava Mohsenin , Communcations Associate at WaterNow Alliance, on Quora : Yes, wasting water is actually bad for the environment. There are anthropocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric reasons why wasting water is bad. Anthropocentrically, fresh water is a vital resource for the survival of our population. Seeing as less than 1% of the world's water is freshwater and available for us to consume (not trapped in glaciers), there are limitations that factor into our carrying capacity as a population on Earth including the availability and distribution of freshwater. Different countries are endowed with different stocks of freshwater, and depending on their replenishment rate and usage rate, each has varying degrees of water scarcity that needs to be addressed. Below is a map by World Resources Institute that outlines the water stress by country, with 36 countries displaying an "Extremely High Stress (>80%)," which means that "more than 80 percent of the water available to agricultural, domestic and ...
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Republican Party goes after Theodore Roosevelt's legacy 18.7.2016 TreeHugger
Party platform calls for giving up federal control of lands, preserves and parks.
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Arturo, World's Saddest Polar Bear, Dies After Decades In Captivity 5.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Arturo, a 31-year old polar bear held in captivity for more than two decades, has died in Argentina. He first made headlines as the “ world’s saddest bear ” two years ago, when  more than a million petitioners urged Mendoza Zoo to move Argentina's last polar bear to a facility in Canada. The zoo's former director declined to do so, saying the animal was too old. Arturo had lived in the zoo since the age of 8 before his death on Sunday due to what the officials called complications from old age , The Associated Press reports. While wild polar bears often die in their teens, those in captivity  can live into their mid-30s . Despite the animals hailing from regions north of the Arctic Circle, temperatures in Arturo's heavily concreted enclosure often soared higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and he was said to live in "deplorable conditions." Animal rights groups marked Arturo's passing with some calls to end the existence of zoos in their current form. RIP Arturo, the "saddest polar bear in the world" He ...
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